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Nigerian World Cup star arrives as Stoke's first summer signing

11 June 2018, 08:44 | Charlene Valdez

Tunde Eludini Stoke City sign Super Eagles midfielder Etebo

Stoke City sign Super Eagles midfielder Etebo

The Switzerland worldwide has made no secret of the fact he is looking to quit Stoke City this summer following the club's relegation from the Premier League and a stay in England's top flight is his first choice.

And any deal for Shaqiri is not dependent on Liverpool sealing the transfer of Nabil Fekir from Lyon.

The Switzerland worldwide has been linked with a cut-price summer move from Stoke with the former Bayern Munich winger available for just £12million, due to a clause in his contract, following the Potters relegation last season.

In early May, Goal journalist Neil Jones reported that Liverpool are in the market for a multi-functional forward to help alleviate the burden of scoring goals as carried by Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

With Shaqiri's eyes firmly on the prize of Russian Federation 2018, his team begun talks with Liverpool officials last Friday, Bleacher Report journalist Dean Jones reports (via Stoke Sentinel).

Now, following three seasons with the Potters, Shaqiri is ready to depart the club in order to continue his career in the Premier League, and Liverpool have been heavily tipped to land their man this time round.

Tottenham and Everton are also interested but as it stands, the Reds are the first to make an approach to Shaqiri's agents.

But after admitting that Anfield is a "great" stadium, Shaqiri told reporters on Friday that he is more focused on his World Cup duties with Switzerland.

Liverpool have begun talks with representatives of Stoke star Xherdan Shaqiri. I can't tell you anything right now, I think my agents take care of my future. I'm focusing on the national team right now'.

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